Colored Pencil Techniques 2

I had my second colored pencil course tonight – you can read about the first here, if you missed it. Tonight, we learned other fill techniques.

Cross hatching, for those of you who don’t already know, is simply drawing straight lines one direction, then overlapping them with perpendicular lines. The trick is to keep the lines straight, watch your spacing, and keep the pressure on the pencil the same.

We also learned stippling, which is just tiny dots. To make something look darker, you have dots closer together. Lighter shades will have less dots, spaced further apart.

And then we did something I had never heard of before! We started out with a color, shading from dark to light (simply by pressure as in the first class), and then used a substance to blend it. Tom listed some other options for this, but for class purposes we used baby oil. Doing this makes it look more like paint than colored pencil because, when using pencils like Prismatics, it melts the wax base and blends quite nicely.

Then, for our end-of-class project, he handed out a color copy of a still-life he did and asked us to mimic it.

The classes are only an hour and a half long, so we weren’t expected to finish tonight. My yellow pepper looks more like a pumpkin so I call this one “Cici n’est pas une citrouille” ;)

I am debating buying more pencils so I have a better color selection, but I don’t want to pay for duplicates. I’ll have to dig around all the pencils I’ve collected over the years and see if any have a wax base.

WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 8

First up, I have not progressed any on my ribbon embroidery. Boy’s got me pretty busy up at the office, and as I may have mentioned, it requires a hoop stand to do it properly. Not only that, but I had a lot of drawings to catch up on for my 100 Day Project, and I started a colored pencil course. I’ve also been planning a baby shower and getting the quilt ready. Add to that my cat woes, and I just haven’t had much other free time. (Maya has a secondary infection and is now getting medicated for that to help her feel better and to eat more.)

I did knock out a portion of TAST so far, though! I hope to get it rounded out by Monday. February is turning into a busy month though so I have to actually watch out or I may fall behind! More details to follow when it is complete.

TAST: feather stitch

You’ve read about my idea for this here, right? Ok!

Last week’s TAST is the feather stitch. I did not get to it early, so I finished it today. Just in time, too, since Sharon always posts TAST on my Monday since she’s about as far away in the time zone as possible in Australia!

Front and back, per the usual here:

Also as usual, I consulted mostly Sharon’s Pintangle Stitch Dictionary page (and previous participant’s comments) and Mary’s NeedlenThread page. I also use a couple of books and internet searches. What I noticed with the feather stitch, is that it really can look radically different depending on what you do with it. It might be the most versatile one we’ve done yet!

In this section, I did a single-sided (or straight) feather stitch, followed by a knotted one, then a straight-sided in two variations (open and closed), an inverted option, an up-and-down option, and finally a triangle design.

Here, I did a crossed straight-sided pattern in the blue and yellow, and then plaited it oppositely with green and yellow (do you see the difference?). Then I made a band design reminiscent of up-side-down hearts followed by two standard feather stitches inset into each other. I finished this side with a Spanish knotted feather stitch and a line with sequins.  I don’t like the spacing over here, but it is what it is.

In the yellow, I experimented with the feather stitch as a fill stitch. And for the motif, I made a feather (so meta!). I did it by layering stitches using variegated thread, first three strands of floss followed by two. About midway with this, I realized that a straight-sided feather stitch isn’t all that different from a fly stitch, and that maybe this is a glaring mistake? Maybe it shouldn’t be included on this week’s TAST? Well, anyway, I left it as is because I liked it. But also because I know stitches sometimes go by many names so maybe that can simply explain the confusion. Tomaytoes tomahtoes?

And of course, the title piece. Once again, I had forgotten to include space for the example stitch so it is squeezed in there. Silly me! But my stem stitch is getting better, which is great because this week’s TAST is, dun dun dun, the stem stitch!